Effective September 13, 2010 Coleen Boyle, PhD, serves as acting director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). Boyle received advanced degrees in biostatistics (MS Hyg) and in epidemiology (PhD) from GSPH.
Boyle joined the CDC in 1984; she was appointed chief of the Surveillance and Epidemiology Section in the Developmental Disabilities Branch in 1991 and then branch chief four years later. In 2001, she was named the associate director for science and public health for then-new NCBDDD and was later appointed director of the Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, NCBDDD. She is a two-time recipient of the Charles C. Shepard Award for scientific excellence, has represented CDC on several interagency committees—especially related to newborn screening—and has played a key role in NCBDDD’s global work in China and Vietnam.